What does accreditation mean for you?

Accredited higher education institutions are held to high academic quality standards. The University of San Francisco has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since the 1940s. When you enroll in the University of San Francisco, you’re ensured a time-tested, quality education.

Nursing Accreditation

In addition to university accreditation, the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited by both the California Board of Registered Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), evidence that the School meets high education standards. The CCNE accreditation in particular signifies the School of Nursing’s strong commitment to improving the public health sector and pursuing continued growth as an educational institution.

More specifically, the CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses, serving the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes:

  • Hold nursing education programs accountable to the community of interest–the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students, and their families–and to one another–by ensuring that these programs have mission statements, goals, and outcomes that are appropriate for programs preparing individuals to enter the field of nursing
  • Evaluate success of a nursing education program in achieving its mission, goals, and outcomes
  • Assess the extent to which a nursing education program meets accreditation standards
  • Inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and identify nursing education programs that meet accreditation standards
  • Foster continuing improvement in nursing education programs–and thereby in professional practice

With CCNE accreditation, you can be sure the online ADN to MSN Nursing Program at the University of San Francisco offers you a recognized quality education from a reputable institution of higher learning.


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